Meeting Minutes: Fall 2012

May 6, 2013

Fall Meeting
20 October 2012

The Fall Meeting of the Permian Historical Society was held at the Community-Convention Center in Monahans. There were 24 registered members and guests.

Registration began at 9:00 a.m. Coffee, orange juice, a fruit tray, cinnamon rolls and peanut butter rolls were available for breakfast. Before the programs began at 10:00 a.m., attendees ate, visited, picked up their annuals from Editor Jim Collett, bought past annuals, purchased books from Glenn Williford, enjoyed the hooked rugs done for Texas’ sesquicentennial that show scenes from Ward County’s history and viewed the display of insignia of the squadrons that had trained at the Peyote base.

Investments Chair J. Tillapaugh welcomed everyone and introduced the day’s speakers. Glenn Williford, former Sheriff of Upton County and afterwards an educator and author, told of the events following the murders of former Texas Rangers Dave Allison and Horace Roberson by Tom Ross and Milt Good on April 1, 1923 in Seminole. After hearing the backgrounds of all four, it was hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. The “bad” guy Milt Good, who was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence, found a friend in Governor “Ma” Ferguson who pardoned him after serving only ten years of his sentence. J. Tillapaugh then told of a grad student of his that had researched the pardon of her grandfather by Governor Ferguson. The student’s great aunt still had proof in her possession that $2000 had been paid to the corrupt governor for the pardon. Joe Specht then presented a brief version of his annual article, The West Tenor Sax Stylings of Jimmy Seals of Rankin, Texas. Mr. Specht told of Seals’ boyhood in West Texas and highlighted the progress of Seals’ career by intermittently playing the music of this talented self-taught musician. The last speaker was Travis Sawyer, chair of the Ward County Historical Commission, who gave a power point program on the history of the Rattlesnake Bomber Base and the $12 million project underway to move its museum from Peyote to Monahans.

Scott Jordan, Executive Director of the Pecos Trail Region, was introduced.

All were invited to join Charles and Evelyn Stroder to celebrate their 60th Anniversary on November 17th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Crane.

Lane Bond collected the Best Presentation ballots.

Sue Ann Damron announced that Barbara Barton won the Best Presentation Award for her program One Feisty Schoolmarm at the 2012 Spring Meeting.

Damron then drew the tickets for the door prizes, which were won by Rubin Vasquez, Mark White, Joe Specht, Joy Fletcher, Jeanie Clampton, Beth Hoover and Evelyn Shroder.

After a great chicken-fried steak lunch, all were encouraged to visit the Million Barrel Museum and the Monahans State Park Visitor Center.
The meeting was adjourned.
Sue Ann Damron, Secretary

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